Upcoming Defense Exam Dates and Important Dates of India 2021| NDA, CDS, CAPF AND AFCAT

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Apr 23, 2021

The Defence exams are commenced for recruiting eligible aspirants in the Indian Armed Forces. Through Different Defence exams, the aspirants will get into multiple Defence training academies such as:

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA)- Dehradun
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA)- Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy (AFA)- Hyderabad
  • Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)- Chennai

Most of the Defence exams are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Nonetheless, there are individual organizations, which conduct their exams for filling multiple vacancies.

In this article, the information related to the following Defence exams have been highlighted:

Before the aspirants start to check the important dates of 2021, they should know the eligibility criteria (age limit) of these exams, which are different for each Defence Exam. Go through the following table to know more about the Defence Exam age limit:

Exams Minimum Age Maximum Age
NDA  16 years 19 years
PDF 20 years 25 years
CDS 19 years 22 years – INA 23 years – AFA 24 years – IMA 25 years – OTA
AFCAT Exam 20 years 24 years – Flying Branch 26 years – Ground Duty
Defence Exam Dates

Defence Exam Dates

The exam dates for all the Defence exams are released by the UPSC through the official notification or on the official exam calendar. The upcoming important dates of Defence exams 2021 are as follows:

Defence Exams Notification Exam Dates
NDA NDA 1 – December 30, 2020 NDA 2- June 9. 2021 NDA 1 – April 18, 2021 NDA 2- September 5, 2021
CDS CDS 1- October 28, 2020 CDS 2- To be notified CDS 1- February 7, 2021 CDS 2- To be notified
CAPF April 15, 2021 August 8, 2021
AFCAT November 28, 2020 February 20, 2021; February 21, 2021 February 22, 2021
CAPF Dates 2021

CAPF Exam 2021

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) published the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) AC exam calendar 2021. The official notification of UPSC CAPF AC 2021 will be released on April 15, 2021. The written exam will be held on August 8, 2021. To know more about the important upcoming exam dates of UPSC CAPF AC 2021, go through the following content:

Events Important Dates
CAPF AC 2021 Official Notification April 15, 2021
Starting of Online Application April 15, 2021
Last Date to Apply Online May 05, 2021
Last Date to Submit Application Fees May 07, 2021 (Tentatively)
Released of CAPF AC 2021 Admit Card July- August 2021
CAPF AC 2021 Written Test August 08, 2021 (1 Day)
Declaration of CAPF AC Written Test Result September 2021

Go through the following quick links of the UPSC CAPF exam:

NDA/NA Dates 2021

NDA/ NA Exam 2021

National Defence Academy (NDA) is a national-level exam, which is commenced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year. The commission has announced the NDA exam dates for I and II. Check the following table to know more about the upcoming important dates:

Events NDA I 2021 NDA II 2021
Notification December 30, 2020 June 09, 2021
Application form December 30, 2020 June 09, 2021
Last date to apply January 19, 2021 June 29, 2021
Starting of application withdrawal January 27, 2021 To be notified
Last date of application withdrawal February 02, 2021 (5 p.m.) to be notified
Admit card March 31, 2021 August 2021
Written exam April 18, 2021 September 05, 2021
Declaration of written result June 2021 December 2021
SSB Interview July to Sept 2021 January 2022 to April 2022

Some important links of NDA exam are:

CDS Dates 2021

CDS Exam 2021

The Union Public Service Commission organizes the Combined Defence Services twice a year for recruiting the aspirants so that they can join as Commissioned Officers in the Navy, Indian Army, and Air Force. The UPSC released the CDS 2021 Exam dates through the UPSC Calendar 2021. Go through the following table to know more about the important dates of the CDS exam 2021:

Events CDS (I) 2021 Dates CDS (II) 2021 Dates(Tentative)
Release of Notification October 28, 2020 August 04, 2021
Starting of Application Process October 28 - November 17, 2020 August 25, 2021
Admit Card January 07, 2021 To be notified
Exam Date February 07, 2021 To be notified
CDS 2021 Result March 23, 2021 To be notified
SSB Interview To be notified To be notified

Go through the following quick links:

AFCAT Dates 2021

AFCAT Exam 2021

Indian Air Force conducts the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) exam twice a year. The exam is held for recruiting aspirants for multiple designations such as Officers in Ground Duty, Flying Officers both in Technical and Non-Technical posts. The AFACT exam comprises two stages- AFCAT and EKT (for the technical branch only). The important dates of AFCAT exam 2021 are highlighted in the following table:

Events Important Dates
Release of official notification November 28, 2020
Release of detailed official notification December 01, 2020
Starting of the Application process December 01, 2021
Last date to apply December 03, 2021
Admit Card for the written test February 05, 2021
Online written test February 20 - 22, 2021
Declaration of result March 2021

Check some important links of the AFCAT exam:

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Which are the popular defence exams in India?

Ans. Some of the popular defence exams of India are NDA, CDS, AFCAT, and CAPF.

Ques. How can I apply for the defence exams?

Ans. The desired aspirants have to apply for defence exams online.

Ques. What is the selection process of the defence exams?

Ans. The selection process is different for different exams. Check the provided links of the selection processes of different exams.

Ques. Where the aspirants will get notifications of several defence exams?

Ans. The notifications of several defence exams are published on the official website.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.